Archive for 2008

I have a piano! It is teh awesome. Dee got it from an online place for my birthday. It”s a Korg SP-250 (stage piano), digital, full size and with that fancy-pant hammer-action that makes it feel like a “real” (analogue?) piano. So. Very. Cool. It arrived yesterday, and it was all I could do not to fob off work and come home for it! Last weekend we visited London”s “Tin Pan Alley”, the music-strip in the West End.
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This weekend I attended an all-night film festival for the Sci-fi London Oktoberfest — about 10 hours of icecream, red-bull and the hilarity of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (MST3K). On the programme it’s listed as “Seriously funny {stuff}!”, and it really was. I arrived at the Odeon West End (near Picadilly Circus) at about 23:15 … and then found out I was in the wrong place! Not sure how that happened, but suddenly the benefit of having Google Maps on a phone became very apparent — even I could find my way, despite both my own lack of a directional sense and London’s winding, Celtic roads.
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A nice relaxing weekend of doing very little. We had our barbeque, but I didn’t watch the AFL grand-final … turns out that it was on at 4am in the morning, and your had to book ahead to see it in a Walkabout! And pay for the privilege … the privilege of cramming into a sticky bar with drunk Australians, Kiwis, Poles and Englishmen, drinking warm beer from dirty glasses all for the joy of watching the Hawks trounce the Cats.
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It has been a long week this week, largely due to Dee’s work schedule: she’s been on the early-shift, which has meant getting up some time between 5am (on Monday) and 6:30am (by Friday) i.e. a case of finding exactly how late she can leave it to get to work by 7 o’clock in the morning. I’ve tried to get up at the same time, but I’m really not a morning-person.
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Indulged our thespian hearts with a trip to Shakespeare”s New Globe Theatre last night. First: dinner at Harry”s Bar in the city. Named after a famous cocktail (coquetier! eggcup!) bar in Venezia, Italia (Venice, Italy ;-)), Harry”s of London shares, well, nothing with it”s Italian namesake: it”s a wine bar and restaurant, and the wine is Chilean, Australian and French rather than Italian. Nevertheless, the food was good: I had gnocchi (maybe Italiano!
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I’m going to have one of the beers that have been in the bottom of our fridge for eternity – I’m pretty sure that at the beginning of the Universe, God said, “Let there be beer in the bottom of Glenn’s fridge.” Then he said, “Oh, and let there be light, yeah, light’s good.” It just went downhill from there. Like last night: I was trying to avoid watching The X-Factor (a ridiculous talent show, if you don’t know, and if you don’t know then hello from the future!
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After a “hearty” breakfast of pancakes and golden-syrup (f*ck you, maple-syrup), made by yours truly no less, we’re off to the shops for supplies: hot coals (well, cold coals to start with), unidentifiable meat (snags), potatoes, cabbage, carrot (obligatory salads). Anything I’ve forgotten? Oh yeah, as much beer as I can carry. Actually, that’s not accurate – I want as much beer as I can drink in an afternoon, and not a drop more!
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I was reading/learning last night about the two (often competing) congnitive systems we have; for lack of better terminology I’m going to call them the “dopamine system” (DS) and the “cognitive system” (CS). Apparently the DS has developed to respond quickly to “instant” (or “instance”) decisions. Like when someone brings snacks in, and you happen to walk past thinking you could do with a snack. Studies show that if you offer someone a snack of fruit or chocolate, 70%+ will go for chocolate.
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glennji{.tweet}: I still hate the Met: Northern Line canned at 8:50am this morning; took me another 40min on the bus to get here. It’s 45min walk from home! Yep, I’m blogging tweets now. So I slept in this morning; Danielle got up at 6am, and whilst I could’ve followed her I found it far easier to roll over and bury my head in my pillow. Easier at the time, but I suspect the Universe was trying to tell me something.
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A while ago I wrote about a female friend who was considering becoming Muslim, and I expressed a concern over both the underlying motivations for such a decision, and the possible outcome. Some time later, the “second option” has come to pass — she has rejected her Islamic man and turned away from the religion. Whilst I don’t want to make judgement calls – well, okay, I love making judgement calls, but in this instance I’m trying to stay objective – she certainly seems a lot happier and healthier (mentally) since making the decision.
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A female friend of mine is considering becoming Muslim i.e. following “Islam” (which can be translated as “submission”). This mostly makes me worried for her, as Islam doesn’t have the best track record concerning women’s rights and domestic abuse. The philosopher Ibn Kammuna said in 1280CE: “… we never see anyone converting to Islam unless in terror, or in quest of power, or to avoid heavy taxation, or to escape humiliation, or if taken prisoner, or because of infatuation with a Muslim woman, or for some similar reason.
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Today we bought our aeroplane tickets back to Australia for December-January, after a weekend of research and planning (for both the cheapest tickets, and how we were actually best going to pay for ’em). In the end, we had a good deal from Austravel which Dee printed took into Flightcenter to see if they could beat. It was with Cathay Pacific, each leg was 11hrs and we had 6 hours in Hong Kong to see a few quick sites (e.
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My housemate is a genius, and here's why: he is the inventor of The Five Lists For Achieving Lasting Happiness and Transforming Your Mind, Your Life And Your Reality (my title — but catchy!). It's perfectly suited for existing systems such as Covey's “Habits”, Allen's “GTD” and the Hipster PDA and is, like these, infinitely hackable and tweakable. In GTD terminology, it's a “trustable” system which can be used to “close the loop” and free up your mind for more important things.
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I still don’t have an Internet connection at home, so of course this website has sat un-used and without an update for a long time. Today it’s a slow day at work, so I thought I’d quickly write an update or two. Oh, and change the theme, at least until I can fix the original one. Dee’s mum has arrived, and she traveled for 2 weeks around Europe with Dee — so jealous that I didn’t go, but it would’ve both changed the dynamic and made it a lot more expensive.
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